Maybe – An Easter Sermon
Posted on April 17, 2017 | Posted by Pastor Daniel
“What makes that word unbelievable is the very same thing that makes it necessary. In a world run by greed and hate, we need the idle tale of love and compassion. In world beset with injustice and weakness of character, we need the idle tale of selflessness. In a world marching toward death, we need the idle tale of an empty tomb. In a world which uses the icy grip of eyes which only look for death, we need the unbelievable idle tale which might free us to look for life.
It is the paradox of our faith – that what we hold on to, we struggle to grasp; what we proclaim, we struggle to hear; what we root ourselves in and identify ourselves by, we struggle to even believe.
And so we proclaim it, so that as for those women, our perspectives of death might crack. And we eat it at this table and celebrate it with Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies and roasted ham and pancakes, so that like Peter we might run to the tomb to see what we were told we could never see. We sing it, we sing this idle tale, this unbelievable story of an empty tomb and a rolled away stone and blazing bearers of bad questions.
Because we want to be free. Because we want to be free from that icy grip. Because we want our despair to break open so that hope might arise. Because we want our resentment to break open so that joy might arise. Because we want the trappings of death which have captured our eyes and our hearts for far too long to break open so that life might arise. Because we want to believe that … maybe.
Christ is risen! Alleluia. Amen.”
Pastor Daniel Smith’s 2017 Easter sermon on Luke 23:55-24:12. Watch or listen here: